The Bulletin: And a very merry infrastructural Easter to you, Montreal [Issue #70]

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March 28, 2024- Read time: 8 min
The Bulletin: And a very merry infrastructural Easter to you, Montreal [Issue #70]Victoria Jubilee Bridge, Montreal, QC, 1897. | Photograph: Wm. Notman & Son (1882-1919) / McCord Museum

Easter is a weird one.

If you're Christian, it’s the most sacred day of the year, a time for reflecting on the central miracle upon which your faith is based. For children, it's when a magical bunny stops by to leave a basket full of painted eggs and candy.

It's been bookended by one of the biggest—if not the biggest?—Greek Independence Day parades in Montreal, with world leaders Justin Trudeau and Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis drinkin' freddos at Alphabet, followed by Blake Lively grabbing her own before hitting up Bernie Beigne.

Then it looks like this past week's been all about infrastructure in the news: Bridge Bonaventure, foobridges over highways, misinformed tramways, Stadium woes, and fears surrounding boats.

Maybe not all Easters are weird ones, but this Easter is a weird one.

But if none of that grabs you this weekend, we've got book fairs and pizza parties and stories about Quebec's first commercial citrus grower and the oldest tattoo parlour in the city for you. Read on.

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Activities, parties, points of interest, art exhibitions, you name it: These are the weekend events you don't want to miss.


  • Ursa is hosting the Montreal Anti-Jazz Police festival, featuring musical performances of New and Old Jazz, Experimental, Electronic and everything else until March 29.
  • Those passionate about what the human voice is capable of should check out Festival de la Voix, featuring combinations of solo powerhouses, orchestras, singer-songwriters, jazz trios, folk and blues musicians and more until April 13.


  • Occupy the Hood and the Montreal collective Sweet like Honey are pairing up to bring afro sexy futuristic, metallic, UFO vibes to the city with XTRVGNZ.
  • Go see Hybrid Condition by Vietnamese-Canadian artist Tam Khoa Vu, an exploration of cultural hybridity through video and audio installations, at the MAI arts centre.


  • Booksellers from Ontario and Québec will gather to sell fine and collectible books, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, prints, pamphlets, and much more at the Westmount Antiquarian Book Fair.
  • Go see SAT Fest's immersive film festival and its selections of more short fulldome films by more than 100 local and international visual and sound artists.


  • The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents the captivating and thought-provoking stage adaptation of the Giller Prize-winning novel Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis.
  • The Art Souterrain Festival's transformation of Montreal’s underground network through art continues, highlighting the contemporary art world in the often unexplored corners of the city.

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Extra, extra: Read on to find out about the free pizza party in the Mile End between a wine dive bar and Pizza Toni. | Photograph: @thepizzatoni / Instagram


Scope the latest restaurant openings, recommendations on where to eat, plus new menus, old classics, and everything in between.

Sweet 'n' sour success 🍋

O’Citrus counts some 120 trees and 9 different varieties of citrus fruit, from yuzu to finger lime, calamansi, kaffir lime, sudachi and more. She tries to concentrate on varieties that have distinct flavour profiles and can’t easily be found in their fresh state in Quebec. (The Main)

O’Citrus: Overcoming the odds of growing citrus in Québec
Vyckie Vaillancourt’s greenhouse O’Citrus is the first-ever operation to grow citrus fruit in Québec in any sort of commercial way.

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Here, you'll find a weekly round-up of the latest local news, from entertainment to current affairs and more.

Slinging ink 🐉

PSC Tattoo is a landmark in the city’s history of art on skin. Today, its spirit lives on in its aesthetic and the work of its current owner and artist Dave Cummings and other artists calling the spot home. (The Main)

PSC Tattoo: Talking shop with artist Dave Cummings
From the first days of slinging ink on Centre Street in ’76 to Montreal’s oldest tattoo studio.

The Big Owe

Construction is expected to be completed on the Stadium by 2027. This is a boondoggle driven entirely by nostalgia, but nostalgia rarely makes for good decision making. So why are we treating it like the Notre Dame cathedral? (The Walrus)

The Money Pit That Is Montreal’s Olympic Stadium | The Walrus
The Big Owe’s new roof will cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars. Is it time to let the concrete relic die?

Not another Griffintown, please

As many wonder what Bridge-Bonaventure will become, "we don't want to build luxury housing to attract new people. We don't want a new neighborhood, but a continuation of Pointe-Saint-Charles," says Margot Silvestro, community organizer at the Pointe-Saint-Charles Community Clinic. (La Presse)

Photograph: Alain Roberge / La Presse

Clang clang clang goes the trolley

Eastern Montreal is not getting a REM. Instead, it will maybe get a ground-level tram, which is also a light-rail system. But, Noakes writes, "we’re getting hosed. At $13-billion, the Tram de l’Est is an inexcusable waste of money: it costs far too much, will provide far too little and serve far too few.” (Cult MTL)

Montreal transit and the trouble with trams
A new plan to replace the bungled REM de l’est project involves a 31-kilometre, 28-station, 30 kms-per-hour, $13-billion tram system.

Here's hoping not

Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge crumbled into the Patapsco River early Tuesday after a cargo ship lost power and rammed into a support column. Engineering experts say catastrophic failures like it are highly unlikely in Quebec, but impossible to rule out. (Montreal Gazette)

Bridge collapse unlikely in Quebec, but it ‘can happen anywhere,’ engineering experts say
“If a ship hits a bridge that’s already in bad condition, things are only going to get worse,” one Montreal expert said Tuesday in the wake of the catastrophic event in Baltimore.

Total eclipse of our hearts

Do you enjoy when celestial bodies block out the sun for a few minutes? On April 8, a total eclipse is coming to our solar system, because (we assume) you live in southern Quebec, you won't have to go far to see it. (CBC Montreal)

What you need to know about the eclipse in Quebec | CBC News
Do you enjoy it when celestial bodies block out the sun for a few minutes? Then you’re in for a treat on April 8 as a total eclipse is coming to a solar system near you.

Making sense of a big mess

A series of studies published in the past year suggest that Quebec’s universities are underfunded by anywhere between $850 million to $1.2 billion when compared to the rest of Canada. Legault told reporters he believes the tuition hikes will help Quebec catch up to the rest of Canada, but that’s only if enrolment doesn’t plummet. (The Rover)

Students Fight a ‘Lonely Battle’ Against Quebec Government – The Rover
Montreal’s anglophone universities face an unprecedented crisis at the hands of François Legault’s government.

It begins

This is the home stretch for the Royalmount megaproject, which is due to deliver its first commercial phase next August. The footbridge spanning the motorway to link with the metro will also be installed this weekend, under close surveillance. (La Presse)

Photograph: Marco Campanozzi / La Presse

Pfft, trees. Who needs 'em, right?

Montreal is working on a major road project in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, including a scenario that would partially destroy one of the last natural environments in the sector. Citizens are opposed to the construction of new streets, while the plans drawn up by Valérie Plante 's administration provide for an increase in trucking. (Le Devoir)

Montréal planche sur un gros chantier routier dans l’est de la ville
L’un des scénarios envisagés détruirait une partie d’un des derniers milieux naturels de Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

And that wraps yet another weekly bulletin. We’ll be back with more curiosities, local stories, and events to discover next week.

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